The h2g2 Post 06.04.06

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Posted: 6th April 2006



Meanwhile, back online...

In my devotion to commenting on literature and world events, I've unfortunately neglected to discuss some of the most important changes happening here on h2g2. A slew of announcements have blanketed the site in the past few weeks, concerning, firstly, the sad departure of Paully, but the welcome return of Beth, an italic of old, to fill the breach. It has been announced that certain threads — for example, official h2g2 announcements — will be closed by the italics if necessary. Two amendments have been made to the House Rules: incomprehensible postings, such as those consisting of 'txtspk', that disturb the flow of a conversation are now considered yikesable; and it is no longer possible for lifetime bans to be discussed with the community, as was the case in the past. Finally — and most dramatically, it seems — on Monday a filter was introduced that blocks out some of the most heinous of swearwords.

It was the swearword filter that appears to have occasioned the most discussion among members of the community, with Researchers falling on both sides of the issue. Some say that a measure which prevents rudeness and unnecessary swearing on a 'family' site is positive; others object to the censorship and curtailing of thought and expression that this filter would seem to indicate. In classic hootoo spirit, a group of Researchers has been contributing to a rapidly-growing New h2g2 Swearword Lexicon in order to fill the gap. It is difficult to know where to stand on this issue, a fact which somewhat simplifies my duty of impartiality as the author of this editorial.

In any case, celebrations are approaching: congratulations are in order for Elly and Bob, whose daughter Maya was born on 13 March. The Post would also like to wish its Christian readers an excellent Easter and its Jewish readers a pleasant Passover. If you're not Christian or Jewish, well, have an excellent two weeks anyway.










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